The Country Music Association award that Lori McKenna won last fall sits atop the baby grand piano in her Stoughton home. But she hasn’t decided if that’s where she’ll put the Grammy she won earlier this week as one of the trio of songwriters who penned Little Big Town’s hit “Girl Crush.”
“I still can’t believe it, it’s crazy,” McKenna says of her night at the Staples Center, where the sultry torch song copped best country song honors. “It was one of those things where everybody kept saying, ‘You’re going to win! You’re going to win!’ and you start saying, ‘There’s no way it can happen because everybody thinks it’s going to!’”
Although it had generated a bit of controversy, when some radio programmers and listeners misunderstood the lyrics, “Girl Crush” has enjoyed an awards show rampage, nabbing McKenna and co-songwriters Liz Rose and Hillary Lindsey the aforementioned CMA and Grammy and a nomination for song of the year at the upcoming Academy of Country Music Awards in April.
“I was so not going to cry until we got backstage and Little Big Town was back there and the first person I saw was [LBT singer] Jimi [Westbrook], and seeing the joy on his face almost made me lose it,” says McKenna who’s a mom to five kids when she’s not promoting her own albums or penning hit country songs for LBT, Hunter Hayes, and, most recently, Tim McGraw.
She plans to release her next CD, “The Bird and the Rifle,” later this year, but until then she’ll be savoring her Grammy win and figuring out where to put the trophy.
“The problem with my little baby grand piano is that’s like the junk collection, there’s magazines and crayons and stuff on it,” McKenna said, laughing.